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Unicorns, the holy grail, and the female libido pill

May 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

This Washington Post article raises some interesting questions about the role of pharmaceuticals in sexuality:

FDA considers endorsement of drug that some call a Viagra for women
A German pharmaceutical giant wants to sell a drug with the decidedly unsexy name “flibanserin,” which has shown prowess for sparking a woman’s sexual desire by fiddling with her brain chemicals.

Some issues under discussion are the potential for abuse, the ability of a drug company to create diseases and then medicines to fix them, and the concern that waning sexual desire is a natural process that we should not interfere with.

Ack, really? You mean like wrinkles, arthritis, or dementia?

If it works, think of all those individuals who will be quietly humming and smiling as they go about their daily business, basking in the glow of renewed passion, closeness, and intimacy. We’ll be way too relaxed to worry about whether we have just allowed a pharmaceutical company to dictate to us what “normal” is and to sell us a medicine to make sure we meet their criteria.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dandellion // May 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Well, I will rant about this instead of just being happy that some pharmaceutical company comes deux ex machina to fix something that shouldn’t happen in the first place.

    Because, the need for that pill comes from centuries of systematic induction of guilt over the pleasure, especially in women. And like that crime both against each women that was affected by it and against our civilization and humanity, is not enough now somebody wants to make profit out of it.

    I’m not saying that women shouldn’t take the pill if they need it. But we should think if that pill is the symptom of our ill culture, education and attitude towards sexuality.

  • 2 regina lynn // May 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you for saying it so well. That’s exactly it. Centuries of shame and guilt, followed by a soothing “this is what you should be/this will make you normal” and a pill. /sigh

    And yeah, I do not begrudge any woman taking advantage of such a pill, if it does them good and doesn’t cause harmful side effects. I see potential in using something like this to combat the sex-dampening effects of other health issues (including parenting? ba dum pum pum).

    It’s also interesting to me that it’s for women — does it affect men the same way? Viagra works on women the same way it does on men: it sends blood to the appropriate places. Whether that is enough to get you in the mood depends on a lot of other factors, but at least the body parts get ready.

  • 3 Nobilis // Jun 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    “…the need for that pill comes from centuries of systematic induction of guilt over the pleasure, especially in women…”



  • 4 dandellion // Jun 7, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Would you care to elaborate?

    Oh, btw, I did a post about this, but trackbacks failed.